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Mike Ford Resigns Position on CTC General Conference Delegation

published 2/17/2020
Mike Ford, Central Texas Conference Lay Leader and third-elected lay delegate to General Conference 2020, has informed the Central Texas Conference delegation that he is resigning his position on the delegation following an accident that damaged one of his legs. While Mike’s injuries are not life-threatening, they will require a significant and strenuous recovery period. “It looks like I’m going to be laid up for a while,” Mike reported. “Beginning this weekend with the Jurisdictional meetings ...

Support Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief via UMCOR Advance #901670

published 1/13/2020
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 500 earthquakes of magnitude 2 or greater have rattled Puerto Rico since Dec. 28 and left much of the U.S. territory in distress. News reports indicate that last week’s 6.4 magnitude quake — the strongest so far — left a man dead and injured at least eight others, caused dozens of homes and structures to crumble and cut power and water service to large swaths of the island. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico is responding to the situation ...

Panel Offers Peek Behind Scenes of Separation Plan

published 1/10/2020
by Kathy L. Gilbert* Watch Panel replay here  It was love of The United Methodist Church that brought 16 — sometimes hostile — people to a point of agreement for a path forward for the worldwide church. Even though the agreement is to split, participants still talked about loving each other in a livestreamed discussion Jan. 13 to explain how the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation was formed. “We started with quite a bit of tension and, really, hostility in the room,” ...

United Methodist Insurance Program Announces Revisions to Minimum Insurance Requirements

published 1/8/2020
Changes in UMIP Designed to Benefit Local Churches Jeff Koch, President and CEO of United Methodist Insurance Program (UMIP) has announced that the revised Minimum Insurance Requirements for local church property insurance coverage were approved by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) board in November. The UMIP Board has notified its current insured customers of the change. These most recent changes, as well as changes made in May 2019, further enhance ways churches valuate ...

A Celebration from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

published 1/8/2020
The Central Texas Conference joins the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in celebrating that the Office of Loans and Scholarships will be awarding over 2,800 students a total of $6 million in financial assistance for 2019! We are very thankful to all of our local churches that supported this effort in recognizing United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Sunday which help fund a portion of our scholarships. The remaining funds for these awards come ...

Proposed Agreement on a Possible New Future for the Methodist Movement Announced

published 1/3/2020
General Conference 2020 is expected to consider a proposal put forth by United Methodist Centrists, Progressives, Traditionalists & Bishops aimed at ending the long-standing argument over issues of human sexuality. Read the full legislation here. A diverse, 16-member group, which included eight United Methodist bishops and eight representatives from centrist, progressive and traditionalist United Methodist advocacy groups, has announced a plan to move the denomination beyond its decades-long ...

Central Conference Bishops Overwhelmingly Support Connectional Table's Proposal of a U.S. Regional Conference

published 11/15/2019
The United Methodist Central Conference College of Bishops stated that they will promote and solidly support the Connectional Table's (CT’s) legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches in the United States. This structure will be called the United States Regional Conference and will comprise the current U.S. jurisdictional conferences and the geographical boundaries congruent with the territory of U.S. annual conferences. Naming this new structure for ...

Judicial Council Affirms Bishop Lowry’s AC19 Rulings of Law

published 11/7/2019
During its fall meeting, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church, affirmed both of Bishop Lowry’s Rulings of Law that were referred to the council for judicial review following the 2019 Central Texas Annual Conference.  Members of the 2019 Central Texas Annual Conference requested that Bishop Lowry rule on the legality of the “What’s Next” Resolution and the adoption of the “Transparency of Usage of Funds Used for Clergy Trials” Resolution. Requests on rulings of law are ...

Bishop Harvey Elected President of Council of Bishops

published 11/6/2019
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the area bishop of the Louisiana Conference, has been elected president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Harvey succeeds Bishop Ken Carter will officially take office at the conclusion of the May 2020 General Conference. To see more, including the list of other officers elected, visit the Council of Bishop's news page here.

UMC Connectional Table Approves GC20 Legislation to Create a U.S. Regional Conference

published 7/19/2019
The United Methodist Church’s Connectional Table approved sending legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches in the United States, called a regional conference, during an online meeting July 18, 2019.    “The legislation, as currently written, will not address our impasse over human sexuality. However, it will help unburden the General Conference and facilitate U.S. adaptable work of other kinds." - Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ...

Welcome Dustin Kaps

published 7/15/2019
We are excited to welcome Dustin Kaps to our Central Texas Conference Staff as a part of the Communication/IT Team. Dustin will be joining our team as our CTC Videographer/Digital Media Specialist. Dustin is passionate about and experienced in employing video and other digital media in ministry settings. This experience and drive will be a energizing (and equipping) asset in the conference's mission (and WIG) of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He also brings...

Project Transformation Central Texas Welcomes New Executive Director

published 7/10/2019
The Project Transformation Central Texas Board of Directors and staff have announced Lynne Rhodes as their new Executive Director. Lynne currently serves Project Transformation North Texas as their Volunteer and Church Engagement Director and will join the Central Texas Project Transformation team on Sept. 1. Lynne brings a wealth of Project Transformation experience, expertise, creativity and a passion for helping connect youth and young adults to vital local ministries in transformative ways....

AC19 Resolutions Passed

published 6/24/2019
During the 2019 annual meeting of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, two resolutions were presented and discussed by the members of the Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 12. Both resolutions –  "What's Next in the Central Texas Annual Conference" and "Transparency of Usage of Funds Used for Clergy Trials" -  were passed by the Annual Conference. To download the resolutions, click on the appropriate links below: A Resolution on What's Next in the Central Texas Annual...

Celebrating Years of Service

published 6/3/2019
Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, celebrated two Central Texas Conference team members, for their more than 5 years of service - Susan Craig (pictured on the left), Area Administrator for the Assistant to Bishop Office, and Claire Condrey (pictured on the right), Coordinator of Youth Ministry. "We are so thankful for all the ministry and work that Susan and Claire have done and continue to do in Energizing and Equipping the Local Church in Making Disciples ...

Welcome Bradley Alexander

published 6/3/2019
We are excited to welcome Bradley Alexander to our Central Texas Conference Staff as a part of the Communication/IT Team. Bradley will be joining our team as our Web Designer and Social Media Strategist. Bradley is passionate about and experienced in employing web-based mediums in ministry settings. This experience and drive will be a energizing (and equipping) asset in the conference's mission (and WIG) of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He also brings some...

Bishop Lowry Delivers Keynote Address / Receives Honorary Doctor of Divinity During United Theological Seminary Spring Commencement

published 5/21/2019
United Theological Seminary celebrated 92 women and men who have completed their theological education and are going out to serve as faithful, fruitful leaders of the Church during its Spring Commencement on May 18. Bishop Lowry delivered the commencement address to a packed house at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH, encouraging graduates to keep Jesus at the center of their lives and ministries.   Among the graduating class were 48 receiving master’s degrees, 31 receiving the ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield Removes 14 DFW-area ERs from Its “In-Network” List

published 4/24/2019
In a statement released Wednesday, April 24 by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), the largest health insurance provider in Texas stated that as of April 15, the emergency room (ER) doctors at many Texas Health Resources (THR) facilities are no longer in-network providers. THR hospitals remain as in-network facilities; however, many of the ER doctors are employed by a third-party company – in this instance Texas Medicine Resources. BCBS failed to reach an agreement with Texas Medicine Resources, ...

Rev. Louis Carr II Appointed as North District Superintendent

published 2/10/2019
Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, has announced that Rev. Louis Carr will be appointed as the District Superintendent of the North District of the Central Texas Conference effective March 1 ,2019. Louis succeeds Rev. Travis Franklin who is leaving the cabinet to take over as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Grapevine. Rev. Carr currently serves as the senior pastor of Harvest UMC.   “Rev. Louis Carr brings to the District and the ...

Dr. Randy Wild Permanently Appointed as East District Superintendent Effective July 1.

published 2/10/2019
Bishop Lowry has announced that Dr. Randy Wild will remove the interim tag and permanently assume the role of East District Superintendent effective July 1. Dr. Wild has been serving as the East District’s interim DS since Jan. 1.   “Thank God for Dr. Randy Wild’s faithfulness!” exclaimed Bishop Lowry upon making the announcement of his return to the CTC Cabinet. “Randy’s administrative leadership is welded to a record of pastoral excellence at a number of settings and he has already provided ...

Clarifying Information About the Pension Impacts of the 2019 General Conference

published 1/17/2019
Wespath Benefits and Investments recently issued some clarifying information about the pension impacts of the Called 2019 General Conference. The following is an email sent to the Council of Bishops from General Secretary and CEO of Wespath Barbara Boigegrain in response to inaccurate information and rumors being floated around the internet regarding the potential impact that General Conference 2019 could have on clergy benefits.   As we draw closer to the special called General Conference,...

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